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Two blasts rock central Nigerian city of Jos: police

Jos - Two blasts rocked the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, the police said, in the latest unrest to hit the region."I can confirm that there were two explosions in Jos this evening.

Suicide bomber kills five in Nigeria church: police, witness

Kano - A suicide bomber blew himself up on Sunday inside a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum, killing five worshippers in the latest in a new series of attacks blamed on Boko Haram, a police officer and witness told AFP.

'Scores' killed by Nigeria female suicide bombers

Kano - Several female suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria blew themselves up amid panicked villagers fleeing a Boko Haram attack, killing scores, the army and witnesses said Saturday.

Boko Haram kills nearly 200 in 48 hours of Nigeria slaughter

Kano - Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric".

Female suicide bomber kills 12 in Nigeria mosque: Witnesses

Kano - A young female suicide bomber killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, a witness and a vigilante aiding the military against Boko Haram said Friday.

Nearly 150 killed in suspected Boko Haram attacks in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed nearly 150 people in northeastern Nigerian villages, mowing down men and children while they prayed in mosques and shooting women preparing food at home, witnesses said Thursday.

Niger army says it killed 15 Boko Haram militants

Niamey - Niger's army killed 15 Boko Haram militants in the course of land and air operations against the armed Islamist group, the defence ministry announced Wednesday.

'Boko Haram' attacks kill over 40 in Nigeria

Kano - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have shot dead at least 42 people in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria, with no let-up in sight to the Islamist group's targeting of civilians.

Chad warplanes bomb Boko Haram after attacks

Ndjame - Chad said Thursday its warplanes bombed Boko Haram positions in neighbouring Nigeria to avenge twin suicide bombings in the capital this week blamed on the jihadists.

Chad bans full veil after deadly Boko Haram attacks

Ndjame - Chad on Wednesday banned the full-face Muslim veil and ordered security forces to seize burqas from markets and burn them after 33 people were killed in suicide bombings blamed on Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram this week.

Local gin kills 70 in Nigeria: Health officials

Lagos - About 70 people have died in Nigeria's oil-rich south after consuming home-brewed gin that was found to contain large amounts of methanol, senior health officials said on Wednesday.

NE Nigeria blasts 'kill 10'

Kano - Ten people were killed in twin suicide bombings in Potiskum, northeast Nigeria, a police source and a civilian vigilante assisting the military against Boko Haram told AFP on Monday.

Nigeria's Buhari plans Cameroon trip for Boko Haram force

Johanesburg - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is planning to visit Cameroon to cement a regional fighting force against Boko Haram, he told AFP on Monday.

Nigeria's Buhari draws red line for anti-Boko Haram force

Abuja - Nigeria on Thursday called for one of its commanders to be put in charge of a new regional fighting force until Boko Haram was crushed, as coalition partners met to discuss military strategy.

Nigeria, regional leaders meet to discuss new Boko Haram force

Abuja - Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday holds talks with regional leaders on Boko Haram, with hopes a new fighting force will help crush the Islamists after six years of violence.

Boko Haram fight HQ shifting to Maiduguri: Nigeria military

Abuja - Nigeria's military on Monday said it had begun shifting the command centre for its battle against Boko Haram from the capital to the northeastern city of Maiduguri, following a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari.

Spanish police dismantle voodoo-linked sex trafficking ring

Madrid - Spanish police said Monday they had dismantled a trafficking ring they said used voodoo rituals -- including animal sacrifice -- to force Nigerian women into prostitution in Spain.

Blasts rock Nigeria, Buhari pushes regional fight against Boko Haram

Kano - Two blasts rocked northeast Nigeria on Thursday, killing at least six, after new President Muhammadu Buhari urged closer regional cooperation to defeat Boko Haram.

French tourist shot dead, wife injured in SE Nigeria

Lagos - A French tourist was shot dead and his wife injured in a suspected robbery in southeastern Nigeria, police and the French embassy said on Thursday."The incident happened two days ago in Ebonyi state.

UN condemns Boko Haram abuse of children in Cameroon

Ginebra - Nigeria-based Boko Haram jihadists are behind horrendous violence in neighbouring Cameroon, where they have kidnapped more than 1,000 children and used some youngsters as human shields, a top UN official said.

Probe Nigeria military top brass for war crimes: Amnesty

Abuja - Amnesty International said Wednesday there was sufficient evidence for the International Criminal Court to probe senior Nigerian officers for war crimes in the battle against Boko Haram, prompting an angry rejection by the country's military.

Nigeria's Boko Haram releases new video as suicide blast kills 13

Maiduguri - Boko Haram released a new video on Tuesday rejecting claims they have been routed in a four-nation offensive, while a suicide bomber killed 13 people in the Islamists' northeast stronghold.

Dozens killed in Nigeria petrol tanker accident: Red Cross

Lagos - Sixty-nine people burnt to death in southeast Nigeria after a petrol tanker lost control, rammed into a busy bus station and burst into flames, the Red Cross and police said Monday.

Nigeria anti-graft agency arrests over 20 bankers for fraud

Lagos - Nigeria's anti-corruption agency has arrested six senior officials from the country's central bank and 16 from commercial banks over alleged currency fraud, a spokesman told AFP on Monday.

Deadly violence hits northeast as Nigeria president starts term

Maiduguri - A suicide bombing killed 26 people inside a mosque in northeast Nigeria's city of Maiduguri on Saturday, hours after Boko Haram launched a separate attack, on the first full day of President Muhammadu Buhari's term.

Nigeria army repels Boko Haram as new president starts term

Maiduguri - Nigeria's military on Saturday repelled a Boko Haram attack on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri, hours after President Muhammadu Buhari took office vowing to crush the Islamist group.

Boko Haram clash 'kills 4 Chad soldiers, 33 Islamists'

Ndjame - A clash between Chad's army and Boko Haram on a Lake Chad island has killed four soldiers and 33 Islamists, a military spokesman said Friday.

Nigeria's Buhari sworn in as president after historic win

Abuja - Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as Nigeria's new president on Friday, vowing to tackle the country's many problems "head on", including Boko Haram, at a ceremony rich with military pomp and cultural tradition.

Spain judge opens terrorism probe into Boko Haram

Madrid - A Spanish High Court judge said Thursday he is opening a probe into Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram and its leader Abubakar Shekau for suspected crimes against humanity and terrorism.

Niger journalist and human rights activist released on bail

Niamey - Niger courts released a journalist and human rights activist on bail after he was arrested for "collaborating" with Boko Haram Islamists earlier in the week, his lawyer told AFP.
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Graph showing number of outbreaks and deaths by year for Nigeria up through 2011.
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An internet user surfing the net on her Blackberry in Lagos, Nigeria
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A canteen in Lagos. The sudden increase in meal prices has forced some customers to turn back.
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Women preparing meat to be shared from the festival
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An Occupy Nigeria protester holding a bullhorn at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto.
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Abuja National Mosque, Nigeria
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A pharmacy shop partially opened for business due to the nationwide strike against government's withdrawal of fuel subsidy.
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Akobo Service Unit: "Pay Your Bills Here"
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Festus Baise.
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria in a prayer mood after a first half encounter with the Greek national team at the World Cup in South Africa.
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Most urban middle income Nigerian families provide water for themselves: This family has a well equipped with a water pump. Note the plastic storage tanks beside the well
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Akobo Service Unit: This is where I pay my bills for PHCN's blackout service
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Nigerians are seen to be deeply religiuos, even at night. This photo show Muslims in a prayer mood in an open space.
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Women are economically active in the night life of Lagos as seen in this photo of a woman selling roasted yam at night.
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File photo: Crash site from Lagos, Nigeria where an aircraft accident has left 153 passengers dead and 40 others on the ground. There were no plane survivors.
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Residents relaxing in Lagos, Nigeria
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Cartons of sugar stacked high in a Nigerian market
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Cab drivers operate as late as 12:00 am in some parts of Lagos. This picture was taken at Ojuelegba area of Lagos.
A fun spot in Lagos on the eve of the New Year.
A fun spot in Lagos on the eve of the New Year.
The roofless uncompleted building beside it is the  mission house.  It is already occupied.
The roofless uncompleted building beside it is the "mission house." It is already occupied.